For over 30 years, Teva have been making footwear for the adventurous at heart; their iconic styles being a popular choice for hikers, surfers and explorers all over the world. The brand's connection to nature and the planet has motivated Teva to lessen their environmental impact through developing and implementing a more sustainable approach to design, production and distribution.
This holistic approach to sustainability incorporates the early stages of design, where longevity and durability of products is considered, as well as in the sourcing of sustainable and ethical alternatives for key materials during the production stage. And finally, the packaging materials used by Teva have been reviewed and significantly reduced to conserve trees and water.
As of Spring 2020, 100% of Teva straps are manufactured entirely from REPREVE® yarn which is a leading sustainable fiber comprised of recycled materials, including millions of plastic water bottles otherwise destined for landfill. REPREVE® yarn is constructed from used plastic bottles that are cleaned and shredded before being turned into small pellets which are then spun into yarn. The yarn is then woven into the ultra-strong webbing of Teva footwear.
For styles with leather uppers and straps, Teva source every single piece of leather from tanneries certified by Leather Working Group, an organisation that aims to promote sustainable and environmentally conscious practises within the leather industry.
Teva support the Better Cotton Initiative, which is the world's largest cotton sustainability program and works towards improving global cotton production for the people who produce it as well as the environment.
Water conservation is another area where Teva have aimed to improve, working with their supply chain partners to save 380 million gallons of water since 2017. Teva packaging has been reduced by almost 4.6 million pounds since 2017. Teva conducted a packaging materials LCA (Lifecycle Assessment) to enable them to set packaging reduction goals, and by 2020 Teva estimate that they will have saved approximately 389,470 trees through their conservation and waste-reduction efforts.